1. Topic-
Jesus and Christianity
2. Content-
The exploration of Jesus and his ministry.
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Explore how change affects different classes within a culture
2.Research the effect of Jesus and his teachings on different classes of people who were living during his time
3.Apply the findings about the relationship between social class and the acceptance of change to social events that have taken place in recent history.
4. Materials and Aids-
Papers and Pencils
Computers with Internet access
5. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

Begin the lesson by discussing the times in which Jesus lived. Was it a calm or a tumultuous time period? What was the status of Judaism? Were those following Judaism united, or did many different religious factions exist? To help paint a picture of the times, it may be helpful to show some segments of the video so that students can see that Jesus lived during a time of great social change.

B. Development-

Based on what students learned from the video, develop a list of the society's major social classes, which include the following:
- temple priests
- money changers
- merchants and artisans
- shepherds and farmers
- the outcasts

C. Practice-

Divide students into five groups. Assign each group one of the social classes listed above. Ask each group to consider the following questions from the perspective of a particular social class:
- Do you think that this social class would have been interested in social change? Why or why not?
- Would this social class have supported the teachings of Jesus?
- How do you think the teachings of Jesus affected this social class? Do you think they had a positive or negative impact?

D. Independent Practice-

Give students enough time in class to complete their research. Then have each group present its findings. Suggest to students that they prepare a skit to present their ideas. Within each group, one student could play Jesus; another, one of his disciples; and the remaining students, representatives of the social class.


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End the class.
7. Evaluation-
Use the following three-point rubric to evaluate students' work during this lesson.

Three points:
- Students were highly engaged in class discussions, completed their research carefully and thoroughly, and developed a thoughtful and creative presentation based on information from the video and their research.

Two points:
- Students participated in class discussions, completed their research, and developed a somewhat thoughtful and creative presentation based on information from the video and their research.

One point:
- Students participated minimally in class discussions, did not complete their research, and developed a weak presentation that is based only partially on information from the video and their research.

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